Located in the heart of the Maryland Park Lake District in Maryland Heights, the Centene Community Ice Center is an $83 million project funded through a public-private partnership with support from the City of Maryland Heights, St. Louis County and the State of Missouri.
This state-of-the-art facility features four NHL sized ice sheets, including a covered outdoor rink designed as a multi-purpose venue for concerts, festivals and other events.
The primary tenants and major capital partners of the Centene Community Ice Center include the St. Louis Blues, the St. Louis Blues Alumni, Lindenwood University, the St. Louis Blues AAA program, and the St. Louis Lady Cyclones. In addition to on-ice activity that extends beyond hockey, the facility offers sports medicine, therapy, training and other ancillary medical services through Mercy Rehabilitation in partnership with EXOS Training. Other tenants include Pure Hockey retail store and Elite Hockey Training Facility.
The facility also features many food and beverage options including the 314 Social which strives to be St. Louis' hockey bar and restaurant by providing a flare to St. Louis favorites, the Schnucks Grab N Go for quick and easy selections, and our general concessions.
- The volunteer-led St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation worked with state and local governments, local ice sports organizations, and skating enthusiasts to create the new Centene Community Ice Center.
- The Ice Center is comprised of four ice rinks for all ice sports, a strength and conditioning center, and skill development areas unlike any others in the St. Louis area. It includes spaces for public skating, training, and special events for athletes of all abilities.
- Taking into consideration hockey is for everyone, all 4 rinks can be converted for Sled Hockey, with the Barn and Plager always being Sled Hockey Ready. Also, with the growth of female hockey, the facility features female centric locker room spaces.
- In addition to the hockey development facilities, an event center with 2,500 seats supports local university and other youth, amateur, and adult recreational ice sports programs. A covered outdoor rink offers an inviting skating atmosphere for the general public.
- The covered outdoor rink can also be configured to host concerts, festivals, markets and other events with capacity for well over 4,000 people.
- The facility also includes an onsite location for sports medicine, therapy, training and additional ancillary medical services operated by Mercy Healthcare.
City of Maryland Heights
Since incorporation in 1985, the City of Maryland Heights has seen significant growth, both residential and commercial. Every year, approximately 9 million people visit the numerous dining, recreation and entertainment opportunities the City has to offer. With its prime location in the center of the St. Louis Metropolitan area, Maryland Heights is home to more than 1,800 business, as well as over 4,000 hotel rooms.
In September 2019, Maryland Heights was recognized by Forbes as the 11th “Best and Most Affordable Suburb in America.” Parkway and Pattonville, the two school districts that service the community, were highlighted on the list for both having A+ school district grades.
The Parks and Recreation Department was established in 1986 and adopted the mission statement to be “an innovative leader in delivering quality parks and programs.” Over the last 30 plus years, the department has done just that. Aquaport, the City’s municipal outdoor water park, opened in 1998 and has since become a regional attraction boasting multiple water slides, a lazy river, kids’ area and more. Upgrades including a renovated façade and a new water feature are slated to be unveiled summer 2020. In 2017, the City realized a long-time goal, completing construction of the Maryland Heights Community Center. Home of the Parks and Recreation Department, the 92,000 square foot facility has a fitness center, gymnasium, indoor aquatic center, play center, senior lounge and rooms available to rent for parties, meetings and more. Memberships continue to grow, and the center has quickly become the heart of the community.
The opening of the Centene Community Ice Center in Sept. 2019 has further solidified Maryland Heights as an innovative leader in the realm of parks and recreation. The ice center is the official practice facility for the NHL’s St. Louis Blues and other primary tenants include the St. Louis Blues Alumni, Lindenwood University, St. Louis AAA Blues and Mercy Healthcare. The City of Maryland Heights Parks and Recreation Department helps run the Learn to Skate program along with other programs at the facility. Click here for more information about the City of Maryland Heights Parks and Recreation department.
The ice center sits next to Hollywood Casino and Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. The land around these facilities has long been identified for entertainment use. The City hopes to develop approximately 2,000 acres of this land, which is referred to as the Maryland Park Lake District, a destination for entertainment and recreation in the coming years. For more information please visit http://www.marylandheights.com/about-us
St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation
The non-profit St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation’s mission is to provide the St. Louis region – with an emphasis on youth – with the opportunity to develop their skills in hockey and other ice sports in settings that foster personal growth and excellence. The foundation’s "flagship" facility - the Centene Community Ice Center - will ensure that the St. Louis region will attract major ice sport events and tournaments, contributing to economic development and job creation, with the resulting effect of strengthening ice sports across the entire region. The St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation brings together local men and women whose board appointment champions the values inherent in ice sports: commitment, good sportsmanship, teamwork, personal integrity, and respect for others and self. The Foundation is responsible for managing the Centene Community Ice Center through a long-term lease with the City of Maryland Heights (the facility’s owner) and in the long-term, its Board is committed to reaching beyond this flagship facility by bringing additional new ice sheets to the region.
Learn how you can support the Legacy Ice Foundation's efforts by purchasing a commemorative brick or make a contribution and earn Missouri Tax Credits.